Julia's Win: To Grin About

Talk about putting one’s money where his mouth is. In Smyrna, Ga. (yes, Smyrna, Ga.), Julia Roberts’s childhood dentist, Dr. Ted Aspes, made a pledge some 26 years ago to every kid growing up there: Win a grand prize IN ANYTHING and he’d give every youngster in town a free tube of toothpaste. Well, the Associated Press smilingly points out, one of his former patients copped a grand prize on Sunday — the Oscar, in fact, the grandest prize of them all. Result: Jackpot for everybody. “I had two families waiting for me in the parking lot when I got here this morning,” Aspes said Monday, the day after Roberts, accepting for her role in “Erin Brockovich,” flashed her winning smile on the stage of L.A.’s Shrine Auditorium. Fortunately, Dr. Apes must read PEOPLE and other news outlets, because he seemed prepared for Julia to take home that big Hollywood gold filling. “I ordered 10,000 tubes last week,” said the good mouth man. “I usually order a few hundred. My distributor called and said, ‘Hey, doc, are you sure there isn’t a comma in the wrong place?’ ”

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